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Monday, July 27, 2009

I shared a SparkMail with a friend today that caused me to voice something I've thought about often. You ever meet someone and bond with them instantly? They just seem to GET you and you GET them. It feels like you're both in the same stream, the same current, going in the same direction, at the same pace, maybe a few rocks jutting out there and there, but no real resistance, just a wonderful, refreshing flow. There are other times when you meet someone and they puzzle you. They seem foreign or alien even. It's impossible for you to understand what they're doing, what their purpose is, why they're doing what they're doing. You just don't GET them at all. I don't think that is some cosmic booboo. I think there are divine appointments in our lives, relationships that, once formed, are mightily productive with eternal purpose. They're life affirming, life changing, life giving. It's a relief to know I'm not meant to bond with every single person I meet. For those that I just don't get and those that just don't get me, it's okay to appreciate one another and respect one another and rejoice when they find others who DO get them, who move on their same current, in their same direction. Isn't that a tremendous relief?! What blessed rest we have in the Lord. Our comfort was very important to our Beloved, so important that He sent us the Comforter. The Holy Spirit's promise to lead us and guide us will never, ever fail us.

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SUSAN134 7/27/2009 9:47PM

    Meeting someone and feeling that bond is one of the greatest gifts that we receive in our interaction with others. Missy, thank you for your post - you have such a beautifully lyrical way of writing that is always a joy to read your words.


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YATMAMA 7/27/2009 9:33PM

    Oh, God, please save us from being unable to laugh at ourselves!! Humor is SO vital to our well being. You are both so, so, so right!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/27/2009 9:31PM

    I totally agree, there are some people that I talk to and feel like I have known them for life. I cherish them with all my heart. You are one of those people

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FRIENDLYSMILES1 7/27/2009 7:08PM

    Hi, You have really hit it on the head. Especially when it comes to a sence of humor. I think thats what friends really are. They like each other just the way they are. Not wanting to try to change them just accepting them. Thank you so much for reminding me that I don't have to like everyone and they don't have to like me. Thats not to say we don't show kindness to everyone. Great Blog. emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 7/27/2009 6:16PM

    When you find that person you hang onto them for dear life.

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YATMAMA 7/27/2009 3:40PM

    How thankful I am for each of you. You're some of the folks who GET me and I love you for that! Oh, how thankful I am that God gave each of you to me as a cherished gift! THAT'S how much He loves me.

And, Lou? I definitely dig it. LOL

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    Thanks for your blog--for your insight and your warmth and your love.
Yes it is interesting how we can bond so instantly with some people!
Thanks for your love and your support! Have a beautiful day!

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PEBBLES32165 7/27/2009 12:06PM

    Yes Missy, I know what you mean. We had this conversation last weekend and you helped me see that. I am grateful to you and for you.

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2BSALLYB 7/27/2009 10:41AM

    I've noticed this same thing. It's interesting how personalities can bond, even through the internet.


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LINDA25427 7/27/2009 8:27AM

    Yes I understand what you are saying some people you just want to wrap your arms around while others you keep your distance . But a stranger is only a stranger until you meet them and invite them in mind body and soul . Sometimes there is where you find your strongest bond . God Bless emoticon

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IUHRYTR 7/27/2009 6:55AM

    I "get" what you're saying so well Missy. Old-timers might say I "dig" it. :) -- Lou

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    Yes, I know that feeling. I have felt that often when talking to YOU. I hope that you have a great day honey. Know that I am "doing it" with you. Bright Blessings to you today. -Dawn emoticon emoticon

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Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We had a lovely time with family and friends for my youngest's 12th birthday. My ex gave her an acoustic guitar and we've got the first two months of guitar lessons lined up for her. She seemed very happy with her gifts. I was careful to get all of my fruits and vegetables in before the festivities and had reserved enough values to have one cup of my homemade chili. That was a rare treat for me! Our houseguest, Katy (30 and daughter of one of my dearest friends who now lives in Arizona) made a beautiful cake that looked like a guitar for her. For those of you who saw my oldest's, Michelle's 20th birthday photos in my gallery at www.nolady.net, Katy made the pirate's treasure chest cake, too. Such a creative young woman! I'm such a word person. My brain just doesn't work in artistic ways like that. What a gift that is! I'm disappointed that there was no time for a walk today but I won't beat myself up for that. Tomorrow is another day. We're planning to take Melanie to the movies to see G-Force. I don't often go to the movies and haven't been since before my accident. I'm looking forward to it! Gonna have to stuff my fruit and veggies into my purse so that the popcorn smell doesn't do a siren's call to me while I'm there!!

Oh, we made a separate cake for me with a box cake mix, 10 ounces of a diet orange soda, and one serving of egg substitute, baked according to package directions. The only calories and fat in it are what's in the dry mix and egg substitute. For 180 calories and 3 grams of fat, I got to have birthday cake!

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LIGHTHEART09 7/26/2009 9:38PM

    Wow what fun!

That is great the cake recipe where did you find that one?

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    Good job.

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NEWSMARTLADY 7/26/2009 6:12PM

    What a wonderful birthday for your daughter!! And your hubby coming home this week!! I really hope have time together! WTG on staying on track..you are great inspiration!!

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2BSALLYB 7/26/2009 4:51PM

    The bday celebration sounds like it was fun and the bday girl enjoyed herself alot!!!!!!!!! Wow, good job and stamina planning and staying on track. I'm proud of you. Those celebrations can throw one off but you stayed with it...HOORAY!!

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SUSAN134 7/26/2009 4:44PM

    A lovely sounding day and it was so nice that you got to partake in some
celebratory cake too! I like that you are waiting to see the movie when hubby comes home - the whole family can still be celebrating your daughter's birthday!


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YATMAMA 7/26/2009 4:36PM

    Thank you, all of you. Did anybody ever tell you how precious you are? You are!!! We decided to wait until Thursday to go to the movie because my husband comes home for his two weeks off on Wednesday, and he wants to see it, too! We are SUCH kids! lol (I'm gonna try talking someone into taking my kids for a night so we can go to a hotel that has a jacuzzi. That's what I promised myself after not being able to soak in a hot bath for about five months as my foot healed. We'll see how that turns out!)

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SCORPION1352 7/26/2009 2:37PM

    Oh, I'm so happy for your family. Sounds like great time had by all.
Getting cake just you is so cool almost makes you feel like it is your B-Day.

Enjoy the movie. Can't tell you that last I was at a show house. In fact the
last time I did watch a movie out it was at a drive in remember those???

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GRANDMANANCY 7/26/2009 9:13AM

    In July I have 6 birthdays in our family.... OOOOOO Theya re so much fun !

Your daughter will have a ball learnign to play guitar....!

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    What a great sounding birthday party! I'm sure your daughter was thrilled both with the new guitar and her guitar cake! And you got to eat a specially-made-for-you birthday cake.

Sounds perfect. Great memories for your family!

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JOLOVESRUM 7/26/2009 8:32AM

    I want to see the movie "G" force. I still haven't seen the new Harry Potter movie. I am waiting for it to go on the Imax screen. It will reach there on the first of August. Transformers is playing there now.

You enjoy the movie. Laugh out loud at the funny parts. Not only is it good for the soul it will embarrasses the heck out of your daughter. Which of coarse as a parent we must do every now and then. I know I have an evil spark in me sometimes.

Have a great time.

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    Glad that everyone got to have a good time at the birthday party. Happy B-day to your daughter. Glad that you got to enjoy cake! Love ya, Dawn

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MSADVENTURE 7/26/2009 6:52AM

    Oh I love a birthday party! Happy Day to you all.
Someday when you feel adventurous and chocolate deprived try the black bean chocolate cake recipe (if you don't know it and want to I'll tell you. :) )
xoxo Elisabeth

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/26/2009 1:01AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful day! Kids do grow up, don't they.

My NOLA grandson's birthday was also today. He's three. We missed being with him.

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Never, EVER get on a treadmill barefoot!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Many of my SparkFriends have encouraged me to share the story of my injury. If even one person is able to avoid a needless injury because of my foolish mistakes, it will be worth the telling.

In late February of this year something in me snapped. Something changed. I knew my days of being overweight and unhealthy were over. Oh, I was just as fat and uncomfortable on the outside, of course. On the inside, though, where it mattered, God was making all things new, and a determination was born. I sought medical advice and decided what my caloric and fat intake would be each day and purposed in my heart that not one day of the rest of my life would go by without me exercising. My day to begin was February 28th, the start of a new season of my life. I had no idea how right I was!

Iíd logged every bite of food and cup of water Iíd consumed that day, for the first time in my life. That night just before ten oíclock I got a shower and put on my nightshirt and PANICKED! I realized I had not exercised!! How quickly my resolve got lost in the rubble of a lifetime of poor fitness habits! I rushed to the treadmill in the dark living room and hopped on that treadmill with fierce determination. I felt SO good about my determination that I decided I could do a bit more and pressed the control panel to up my speed a tenth of a mile.

I broke all the rules. One: I got on a treadmill barefoot. Two: I used a treadmill in a dark room. Three: Instead of clipping the safety magnetic key to my nightshirt, I had it wound around the bar (so my kids wouldnít misplace it). Three strikes and youíre outÖ or at least out a little toe.

When I hit the control panel, instead of upping the speed by a tenth of a mile per hour, the speed went up to ten miles per hour. It threw me to the belt, elbows and knees. My left foot must have curled under the belt just so, and my little toe was severed, clear through the bone. In retrospect, I am extremely fortunate no more damage was done, and for that I am most grateful.

They sewed me back together in the ER that night, after a not fun ambulance ride, and sent me home to see if the toe would regain circulation. I laid flat on my back with my foot on a stack of pillows. Ten pain filled days later, the toe and a little chunk of my foot were amputated. Nearly five months of wound care and a great deal of pain followed, the lionís share of it daily wound care, weekends, holidays, every single day. The original wound site was 4.7 cm square. It is nothing short of miraculous the way new skin formed where there was only a hunk of raw meat. The scrubbing and scraping and trimming and squeezing and picking and poking I would not wish on anyone, for any reason, ever.

Thank God for friends and family! My husband is a boat captain out in the Gulf of Mexico and works out at sea 28 days and is then home 14 days. He had been gone only two days when I had my mishap. Two of our kids are still home (16 and 11 at the time) and were in school. One precious friend transported my youngest to and from school every week day, got my kids to and from church on Wednesday and Sunday, took me to wound care daily, took me to doctors on a regular basis, attended to groceries, drug store, banking, post office, etc., for me. Other friends rushed in to help fill in the gap on the few occasions when my angel of mercy had other obligations. In the early days, when I was bedridden and on much pain medication, friends rallied around my kids, helped keep my home in order, encouraged me, prayed over me, held my hand as I suffered. I donít think I could have survived the ordeal without them.

Iíve been released from wound care and hope to be released by the surgeon next week. I now wear my own shoe (only part of the time, though, since the shoe tore the new, fragile skin off the last part of the wound to heal). I can drive short distances now. I can shower now!!! Iím still in a recliner at my desk built into our kitchen/dining area. I tried to return to my office chair but it was too soon and my foot got swollen and angry. Iíll try again next week to see how it does then.

I was not to be deterred from my goals, even though I could barely hobble to the bathroom on crutches, with an orthopedic boot on my foot around the clock, even in sleep. Exercise was out of the question. Each evening I would write out a menu each night and our son would fill a cake pan with my cereal and milk measured out, my fruit and vegetables cut up and measured out for me in plastic bags or containers, a chicken or turkey sandwich on multigrain bread, and four bottles of water. Before leaving for school, heíd take the pan out the fridge and leave it on my dresser, within reach. Thankfully, Iíve taught him to cook and heís a natural in the kitchen. He made all our meals for us. What a Godsend! He painstakingly measured everything for me, every single half-teaspoon, and I wrote it all down.

After the worst was over, after the amputation, when I was able to sit up some, my angel of mercy took her truck to the store and picked up a recliner Iíd chosen, and she and our son parked that puppy right next to our dinner table. Oh, boy, is it cramped in here! That enabled me to reconnect with the world at my computer and to work a bit when I felt up to it. (Iím a transcriptionist, primarily for court reporters.) It was my first opportunity to search for healthy recipes, and one of the first Google hits I got was a chicken recipe located on SparkPeople. At that moment, life got much, MUCH sweeter for me!

I discovered a brand new world. (I realize that if youíre reading this SparkPeople blog, you already know the deepest meaning of that because your life has been changed, too!) I honed my new practice of tracking food. In time, as I was able to walk a bit, I would track my walking, as pitifully little as it was. I joined SparkTeams and met the most incredibly wonderful, encouraging, inspirational SparkFriends who have motivated me, comforted me, directed me, challenged me.

Would I have ended up here without having lost my toe? Who knows? All I know is that I am grateful that I am here now, at this point 55 pounds lighter (with a whole lot more to lose), me and all nine of my toes!

P.S. My treadmill has been adopted by my 34 year old nephew, who has now lost 30 pounds. I gave it to him with the stern warning: BE CAREFUL. It BITES!

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REYVE01 4/22/2011 12:58AM

    OMG... you poor thing. One time a few years ago I was on a treadmill at a gym and the guy next to me lost his balance and went flying backwards. I looked back to see if he was OK and he was upside down against the wall and he seemed stuck. I wanted to help him, but he looked so funny I had to hold my laugh in... I felt horriable because no one else noticed him but me and it was up to me to pull him off the wall.

Luckily he wasn't as hurt as bad as you... I can't imagine how scary that must have been for you. Message well taken. The be careful it bites made me laugh through my tears.

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CHAR1970 4/21/2011 7:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Along with teaching a lesson, it teaches us that above and beyond adversity and turmoil, there is perseverance! You are an amazing woman to continue on after such an ordeal. And you are truly loved and blessed with amazing friends and family. Congrats on your weight loss and good luck with the continuation of your journey!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/21/2011 7:08PM

    Wow! I'm so glad you are doing okay now. What a traumatic thing to have to go through. emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 4/21/2011 5:30PM

    Wow, what an ordeal! OUCH!

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    Missy, what a story.

I have gone through so many treadmills I have lost count. But, I have never walked on them barefoot because it hurt the bottoms of my feet too much.

My last treadmill broke down or wore out because I used it so much.

Then i started walking out side but was having problems with people following me because I always exercise very early in the morning.

So, now I have Leslie Sansone dvds which are so much better then just plain walking on treadmills and outside. I get a very good work out with Leslie.

Yep, those electronic exercise machines do have dangerous out comes if not careful.

Thanks Missy especially for teaching me to copy and paste.

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NAN71486 1/29/2011 9:31PM

    Thanks for directing me to your blog! Thank God I do always wear my tennis shoes when I walk on my friends treadmill!! After getting thrown off the treadmill just today I can really understand your shock of what happened. I did have the magnetic thing attached to my pants but I must NOT have attached it correctly because I fell and the treadmill did not STOP! I was feeling bad today and 3 mph was probably too fast for me!

From this day forward I will ALWAYS be extra cautious when using any treadmill!


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KICKINGIT@56 11/20/2010 3:57PM

    Oh my goodness! I had all my toes scrunched up in my shoes as I was reading your blog! How awful; but, as you said, thank God it was not much worse.

Your blog should be required reading for this website and in every health club in the country. I'm sure many people don't realize the danger.

God bless


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1GROVES2 6/20/2010 9:46AM

    I got shivers reading this! A few years ago I had a heart stress test on a treadmill at a very good hospital...I was a patient there and they came to my room and got me in a wheel chair and took me down to take the test. I DID NOT HAVE SHOES ON! No one told me to put shoes on, I had those little hospital socks on, but no shoes! I was too weak to finish the test, but....YIKES!... I will never get on a treadmill again without shoes! Thanks for posting this! And God bless you and your 9 toes!

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MSTRISHA1 6/17/2010 11:06PM

    All I can say is a Woman of Courage, what a interesting story....God is good !!!!

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CINDYLOU58 6/9/2010 5:11PM

  Missy I never would have dreamed such a horrible thing could have happened. I'm so glad you've recovered so well. I have one of those things(treadmill) but of course it's in storage with everything else. Don't think I ever lost weight with it even though I walked it religiously every day. Well I'm just glad you're well and okay now. Thank God!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TINKERBELL200 3/6/2010 6:15PM


How painful this must have been. You poor thing! I'm glad inspite of this you managed to see the positive in this! What good friends you have! God bless them! I'm sure they will reap the harvest someday of all the help they gave you! Your son doing the cooking, amazing too! you taught him at the right time!!! Isn't it amazing the people God puts in your path! He always know just what we need! God is good all the time! Good to know you've made it to the other side of this mountain! You are a strong women of faith.

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14JESUSGIRL 1/14/2010 6:04PM

    I actually have gotten on a treadmill barefoot before. Thankfully, only a few times and, thankfully, did not have your experience. HOWEVER, I will NOT get on it again barefoot! Thanks so much for sharing this. I am so sorry you had to endure so much, but who knows how many people you will save from going through the same thing or worse. I pray that you are continuing to heal.
Love in Christ,
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PAMIG53 1/10/2010 2:04PM

    What wonderful friends and family. Sounds like they think the world of you. I am glad the exprience is behind you. Love & hugs, Pami

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IAMWINNING 1/5/2010 11:13PM

    Oh, Missy. I'm so sorry you had such a horrible experience! But isn't God gracious! He provided people to help you (and your kids) while you recouperated. I'm glad you're recovering ok, and yes, as you advised, I do follow all the rules when on the treadmill.

Thank you for writing to me.

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HIONLIFE93 1/1/2010 1:47AM

    WOW, I've walked on mine at home barefoot.....I WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAN....and as for the safety I too wound it around the handle so it wouldn't get lost (they do that at the gym too) HOW STUPID of us to NOT USE THE SAFETY features they build in. I will respect my treadmill at home and the one at the gym much more that I've read your story. Thanks for sharing it again....I'm sure that you've saved a lot of people by sharing. Sorry that you had to go through such an ordeal. Joyce

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THERESEMB1 12/17/2009 11:26PM

    Wow Thank you for sharing, I learned something new again. I use my treadmill all the time and I have never gotten on it barefoot or in the dark. But I don't ever use the clip to pull the key off in an accident so I will start doing that.

I did cut the tip of my middle finger on my right hand off by putting it in the bottom of a carpet shampooer, it got sewed back on and healed wonderfully, they said it healed so fast because I take care of myself and I'm healthy. Yeah just not real bright, I stuck it in a carpet shampooer that I had taken apart myself, dumb.

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CRIT524 12/11/2009 9:37AM

    ouch! my treadmill incident was more comical as I mentioned on the thread. I had shoes on and it sounds like that made a huge difference! I do not have a string on the release key though and I do need to fix that. emoticon

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LIVE4JESUS2 12/10/2009 4:30PM

    emoticon emoticonMy new friend REALLY hurt herself!!! Ugh, that sounded so painful. I am so glad things were not worse! Also glad it led you here to Spark People so that months later I could meet you! God bless you my new friend. Cyndee

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FURBALLDTH 12/9/2009 3:55PM

    Missy-Now that's an incredible story. The pain you went through on a daily basis, It gives me the shivers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEKOSIMPLY 7/29/2009 10:19AM

    Oh my! Your perseverance after such an injury is very very inspirational! Thank you for sharing your story! Congrats on your weight loss - that is truly wonderful!

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/29/2009 5:33AM

    What a story! Before SP, I would have totally bailed on trying to get healthy after that. Kudos to you for keeping it up even after your injury. What a wonderful family and friends you have! You must be the same for them to care so much and do so much for you!

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JOLOVESRUM 7/25/2009 6:06PM

    Wow, what a story. What a family and friends you have. You are truly blessed with the people that surround you. I have heard that old saying what goes around comes around. I think you have to pretty darn special for people to want to be so helpful to you.
Hats off to your friends and family and cheers to you for being the wonderful inspiration to them and me.
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TEACHING1ST 7/25/2009 3:35PM

    Oh, my goodness--you've been through so much! Thank you for sharing your story. I've jumped on the treadmill barefooted and without the safety key, too--thankfully, with no bad results. That's certainly not an option any more after reading your story. I'm so glad there are silver linings to your 'cloud' and that you've had such a wonderful response from many family members and great friends. Keep happy thoughts and may you have a full recovery! So glad you're loving SP, too.


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    What an ordeal! You are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful friends, your church family, your own family! Wow--what an amazing story! Congratulations on your recovery and your amazing weight loss so far! I've read some of your blogs before and always wondered what happened to you--so thanks for sharing your story.

Have a blessed, happy, and healthy day!

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NANCY1204 7/25/2009 10:23AM

    You went through something painful but God blessed you in the process with loving friends & family. Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 7/25/2009 9:38AM

    Thanks for sharing that story. I always wondered how you lost your toe. How painful and what a painful recovery and yet you always stay so positive. Keep on inspiring us all and keep up with the fantastic weight loss.


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YATMAMA 7/25/2009 2:43AM

    Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion. You are so incredibly special. I sat here tonight and was trying to think how I could ever decide which of you adds more to my heart, to my every single day of life. There's only one solution. By naming every last one of you as number one, the absolute best, the most incredible, the outstanding of all friends in the entire world. Do you suppose God feels like that when He looks upon us? He knows that each of us is vital to His Kingdom (or He wouldn't have wasted the time to create us). He knows that the world has only one of each one of us, no other having the exact recipe of gifts, of character, of anointing, of personality. He looks at every one of us with such love and whispers: You are the BEST! I look at each of you in that very same way. You really ARE the best!

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LINDA25427 7/25/2009 1:32AM

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    Missy, you always bless my life. Thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration. Let's keep on losing this weight TOGETHER my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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2BSALLYB 7/24/2009 11:24PM

    I am sorry you lost your toe. But I'm so happy you've lost 55 pounds!!! And I am so very happy you found SPARK and we found you or you found us!!!!

You are so blessed to the max with love and support from your family and friends there on the home front as well as here on this site!! Your accident, as painful as that was, created a situation where the love of God could shine through so many people. That is amazing.

You are a wonderful gal and I'm so glad to know you.

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ALMMOM 7/24/2009 11:24PM

    Good grief. what an ordeal!!!!

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CORPEEGIRL1 7/24/2009 11:24PM

    You are truly blessed with your kids, friends, and family! Glad you found SP! Thank you for sharing your story and I'm glad you're healing nicely. Prayers for your continued recovery.

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LIGHTHEART09 7/24/2009 10:48PM

    Wow that was intense! You poor thing! How awful!

The good news is the Lord brought you to SP and you are now our SP Angel.

I am continuing to pray for you, and your healing.


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JUST4ME927 7/24/2009 10:13PM

    What the devil means for evil, God CAN turn to good, and ALL things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purposes.

Praise the Lord...His Word is true, and we are truly blessed that He's shared you with us!

Thanks for sharing your story!

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THENEWME43 7/24/2009 9:47PM

    Missy, thanks for sharing your story. Now the bits and pieces you've mentioned over the last few weeks make more sense, and I have a better understanding of what all you've been through and overcome!

What a blessing your friends and family are, to have pitched in and helped just when you needed it the most. I'm rejoicing with you that this accident wasn't even worse than it was, and I'm praying for your continued healing and recovery.

Your perseverance is definitely paying off! Congratulations on coming so far already on meeting your goals. Thanks for allowing the Lord to use your story to motivate me today! You are such a blessing!

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/24/2009 9:35PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. It is amazing how foolish we can be, isn't it. What a blessing your friends and your children were!

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SISTERDEAR 7/24/2009 9:27PM

    Missy, thanks for sharing your story. I am so sorry that you hurt yourself so, but I rejoice to see how God redeems our mistakes in so many incredible ways. You have been a blessing to me and so many others since becoming part of SP.
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TRY2CHANGE 7/24/2009 9:10PM

    Wow, what a blessing to read your story! Praise God on how he -turns bad situations into such blessings!
Love in Christ

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IUHRYTR 7/24/2009 9:08PM

    You have such a blessed attitude Missy. Definitely one to emulate. It's good news that you're recovering. Your weight loss is inspiring and makes me want to put in some time on my treadmill tonight. With shoes on of course. :) -- Lou

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NEWSMARTLADY 7/24/2009 8:41PM

    Wow,I really did not expect you to say you had the toe amputated...you are truly amazing! I don't know if I could handle that happening to me...but thats heresay..I am very thankful for you being here and me too! I hope and pray for your healing and strength to carry you through this time! You have come along way!Straight ahead my friend...on we go!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSAN134 7/24/2009 8:28PM


You are such an inspiration to all of us. I know so many people (including myself) that would probably have given up if this had happened to me so early in the game.

How blessed you are to have such wonderful friends AND family that have helped you on your journey and how blessed we are here at Spark People that you have persevered and are the shining light that you are.


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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/24/2009 8:24PM

    You write very well, I am sorry that you made the mistake of using the treadmill incorrectly, but the fact that it brought you to SP was a godsend for you and many others, you are sweet and you motivate, may God continue to heal you bless you every day

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Every area of our lives is a place for God's hand to touch

Thursday, July 23, 2009

As the stuff of life occurs, broken attic steps, running water not running, a child leaving from under my wing to go to camp, a computer breaking, a program not operating, a child in crisis, a toe severed, bills that must be paid, uncertainties on several fronts, unforeseen pain, decisions about what to cook and how to fit in fitness... SO many things... as they occur, I am reminded that there is nothing in my life, not one tiny or mammoth thing that God does not desire to touch. His arm is not short that He cannot reach, and He reaches out to me in every single event of life, every single moment of every single day. How can I make a step on my own, without reaching for His hand? I can't. Not even if something crazy in me wanted to do so. He is my EVER present help and he EVER lives to make intercession for me. Each step, each breath has His unmistakable touch upon it. It's up to me to acknowledge Him in ALL my ways, withholding nothing, totally surrendered.

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LIGHTHEART09 7/24/2009 4:27PM

    Amen to that sister! I only have to look outside and see the beauty of His creation to know I am surrounded by His love and His loving hands.


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PEBBLES32165 7/24/2009 2:33PM

    AMEN to all of it! By the way, who severed there toe?

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SISTERDEAR 7/24/2009 1:06PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

This is a very important truth that is easy to forget in the midst of the storms of life. We ALWAYS need to remember Who can calm the storms or guide us through them!

I thank God for this forum to love and encourage one another!
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SCORPION1352 7/24/2009 12:40PM

    Without a doubt God brought me here. His hands guide my hands when I type
Although I make mistakes God will correct them for me.

I feel very blessed to read your blogs here and it surely helps me get through alot of things during the day. It is so odd ( Or maybe Not) that most of the bolgs I read seem to hit me right on the spot. Of course we know that is God's doing and I do so appreciate it.

Yet again, your blog today is so what I needed thank you and Bless you



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YATMAMA 7/24/2009 12:37PM

    Dawn and Double Lindas (how lucky can I get? TWO Lindas!!!), thank you so much for your words. You are so precious to me. Dawn, I absolutely agree. We are not here by accident or coincidence. God has ordered our steps and intersected our paths with a purpose. I am SO thankful that He has! Linda (of the BakerMaker variety!), so true, so true. The children of Israel would never have learned the many facets of God and the meaning of many of His names, of His character if they had not been met with adversity and challenges. It is in those trials and testings that we learn who He really is and who He is to us. Love you ladies so much!

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2BSALLYB 7/24/2009 8:56AM

    God doesn't promise us we won't have issues but he does promise he will always be there with us, to comfort us, to see us through. God will never leave you or forsake you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Glory be to God.


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LINDA25427 7/24/2009 5:49AM

    Very good, thank you for sharing. God is so awesome . We need to open are hearts more to him and less to the world . God Bless. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/24/2009 12:14AM

    I believe with all my heart that God has His hand in spark people. I believe that God has lead me here and has intentionally put you in my life. I am so grateful and feel so blessed. I know that I am being directed to help others through this site as well. As I pray daily I am always prompted to express my many gratitudes and also to ask to be mindful of the needs of others. I was sent in this direction and continue to be prompted to be active here. I have never been happier in my entire life. Coincidence? I don't think so. God is good, ALL THE TIME. I love you my sister/friend. -Dawn emoticon

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Almost forgot!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I've had computer issues all evening and couldn't even reboot for a long while. Now, all of a sudden, the program that reads my files for work tells me my files are corrupt. This makes no sense whatsoever. It was working one minute and the next it was not. I am grateful that the computer is working again, at least, though something is still wonky with it. I may have to take it in for a check up tomorrow. I am praying for my computer and my work program! God cares even about such things, I know. Everything that concerns me touches His heart. I'm off to bed and I will not fret. I will REJOICE!!

P.S. The scale MOVED again! *happydance*

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NANCYS_TIME 7/23/2009 10:33PM

    Sorry to hear that your program quit working. I know that can be beyond awful.

But congrats on the weight loss !! Woo hoo !!!

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PEBBLES32165 7/23/2009 9:53PM

    So the Weightloss fairy came to see you! That's great! I will pray for your computer and the files. God can do amazing things even to computer files. So cheer up and leave it to God. He'll take care of it!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/23/2009 8:40PM

    I will do a hppy dance with you too. I haven't lost in a couple days, but maybe the dance will work. Get some rest and glad your computer is back up

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NEWSMARTLADY 7/23/2009 8:31PM

    Yay! Dancin!

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YATMAMA 7/23/2009 7:55PM

    Thank you so much, each of you. The computer is back but the program that reads the digital files I transcribe is fritzed (which is far worse than wonky!). I ended up having to convert all the files, and it was nothing short of God's grace that I was able to search and find a program to do that, one I could actually operate. My technoduhness leaves me highly challenged in this arena. Now I get to work! You know, after I make it through the day's Spark emails. lol

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LIGHTHEART09 7/23/2009 11:11AM

    Yeah I love the Happy Dance! Praise the Lord!
Glad to have you back darlin...

Big hugs and Happy dances backatcha emoticon

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LINDA25427 7/23/2009 9:56AM

    Dance away------ I will join you if that is ok. emoticon

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GRANDMANANCY 7/23/2009 9:21AM

    The dance of joy!!!!! I love it!

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GARPER 7/23/2009 2:31AM

    I sure hope you back up frequently! I need to get my external hard drive out and back up to it. I haven't done it since we returned from Africa. My comp was acting weird the other night and that reminded me that I hadn't backed up my hard drive. I lost a lot of irreplaceable pictures when one comp went belly up. Not to speak of all my Quicken stuff. Don't want to go through that again! But really, your poor comp was probably just tired! Just your SP stuff alone would make me want to go on strike!
Way to go on your scale dance! I know mine will move this week as well. I'm just not sure in what direction!
Hope you're having sweet dreams as I type!

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IUHRYTR 7/23/2009 1:45AM

    Isn't technology great? When it works properly of course. Here's hoping it isn't a major problem. As for your use of "wonky" to describe the unknown problem, do you think anyone would understand if I told I feel wonky? I joke but I am confident your positive attitude and your faith will get you past this problem. -- Lou

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/23/2009 12:26AM

    Doing a happy dance with you honey! I am so happy that the scale moved again. I am praying that your computer was just tired tonight and that you'll awaken to find all is well. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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